I know you are wondering if I fell off the wagon with my regards to the detox, I didn’t.  The wagon that I couldn’t stay on was writing about it for various reasons, one being the FLU!  I completed my detox and I have to tell you that it was not easy, I was pulling teeth towards the end because I kept thinking about HOT FOOD!  Then I had a moment and remembered that the reason my brain works the way it does is so that I don’t conduct myself like a Hyena.  I finally coasted into my detox-flow (I like how that sounds) and completed the task at hand.  

It made me feel good for various reasons…

1. I completed what I started, it was was different from joining a choir, painting a street wall, learning Japanese…You get the picture.

2. My body felt rejuvenated and new, I haven’t been falling asleep at 6:17 PM as of late.

3. I can see a difference in my skin, nails and hair and my tummy’s not so bad either.

4. I expanded my fruits and vegetables catalog, a lot more options make you optimistic about the next meal, especially when you’re greedy like me.

AND drum roll please

NUMBER FIVE:  I learned so many things to do with KALE, KALe, KAle, Kale, kale.  

I steam it, put it in a salad, make chips, bake it, stew it and the list goes on and on.

I try to do this every 4 months, you should try it.  Someone told me that they thought the whole detox thing was extreme and I simply reminded her that it is no more extreme than an oil change for your car every three months.  

Give your system a break and reward it with the fruits of the Universe’s labor, YOU deserve it!

Kale (Vegan) Parmesan Chips—Delicioso!

Day 7, Week 1, Hell Yeah!

The Transformation Continues!

I am tired my friends, so I will keep this post short and sweet.  A week went by and what seemed impossible is now behind me.  I want you to understand that making a commitment to change is a choice that requires work.  I feel it everyday, most of my day feels good though.  I have been eating many fruits and vegetables but my nuts (cashews, pistachios and almonds) give me the fullness that I need to cope.  The workouts are hard at times but they get easier with time and they don’t feel as draining.  My water intake is very high and it makes me feel refreshed and staying hydrated fuels my energy.  I am proud to have completed week one and am excited to see what is ahead.  Good night.  

All Hail to the KALE! DAY 6


Yo, today was a good day!  I decided that it was going to be and so it was.  I had all of my herbs during the day, I walked for 30 minutes and ate clean all day.  I actually had some delicious KALE with a raw dressing that was FANTABULOUS or maybe I was just hungry as hell (either way) it worked out.  I am not going to get all holy righteous and tell you that this is easy for me, because it is not.  I have been on a roller coaster for years with my self destructive eating habits and am working on making healthy eating a habit.  It’s a battle for me just like it is for you, but I am never going to quit trying.  Throughout the day I can’t tell you how many times I am tempted by one of these demonic commercials or the smell of something that JUST CAN’T BE GOOD!  I just close my eyes, meditate, hum a song to myself and sometimes even just pinch myself to remember the goal, damnit.  I am battling years of programming here: from a mother that would force me to clean my plate to the society wrecking monster of commercialism that capitalizes on those that eat poorly.  Anyways, I didn’t want to get too heavy for you, I am trying to get away from that, literally.  But I just wanted to share so that you would know that it is more common than you think; you are not alone…just look around.  Ciao.

The Ugly Truth! Detox day 2


Today was day 2 of my detox and I gotta tell you (as the above picture shows) it got ugly.  I didn’t do so well eating completely raw and my workout was, as they say in New York, nervous!!!  I did half of an Ab workout and quit, I was so weak.  I ate some noodles and popcorn (THIS IS SO NOT GOOD), but I have to keep it 100.  So I tried to balance out the day by drinking lots of water and not eating anything else that wasn’t raw.

There’s is nothing to do but move forward and be real about where we stand.  I could lie to you but the scale would tell me the TRUTH!  I will admit that today I wished that I was in a live game of “Candy Land” so that I could delight in endless gumdrops, peppermints and lollipops.  I know that it’s the addiction to toxins in my body that call for these and am gearing up for the battle.  Now, I will pick myself up by my cross trainers and hit the beat, yet again.  I HAVE A GOAL and it does not entail having a tire between my chest and knees.  Let’s keep going, I promise, tomorrow will be better!

Day 1: Funny Aida Does, Jokes, Pilates and Herbs!

DAY 1 is always the toughest, your body goes through food withdrawal and the workout feels like a bust.  I decided to take off with a blast like most resolution-ists and then taper off to a major fall off later.  No, not this time, that’s what I like to tell myself but let’s see how this works out.  I actually followed all of the rules for my detox with one minor exception of tasting the mashed potatoes that I cooked for “the others”.

I got up, threw on the ultra work out gear, did the mid swag jog ala Rocky (around my living room) and decided to really get serious.  I reached for the Yoga mat and popped in two DVDs.  I started my workout with my GAIAM lower body pilates workout with Jilliam Hessel and then I got my urban mid section workout on with Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins.  I gotta tell you that my entire body is sore, I thought this would be a mild workout but I played myself, Pilates and Jeanette is for the real warriors.

A day of pears, stretching, Pilates and Milk Thistle is for the real gangstas of today, if you don’t believe me try it.

The Goal!
The Goal!

Happy New Year!!! 2013: Let’s Get It Right


Disclaimer: This is not a resolution, I have decided to challenge myself and I’m inviting you to join me in doing the same.

The deadline is set, 30 days to a better me! A few years ago we did an awesome herbal detox and fitness challenge via Facebook and over 500 of you joined me in the name of HEALTH!
We’ll be documenting our progress via Instagram and I’ll post blog entries along the way letting it all hang out, literally. I am tired of not being in the shape that I want to be in, EFF!  what everyone else says.  What do YOU think about those love handles and having to turn at a certain angle to get the “right” picture for Instagram?

My goal is to be in ultimate shape which for me means toning my entire body, healthy above all else, creating and maintaining good body karma. My measurable goals are to lose 15 lbs., 5 % body fat and 4 inches off of my hips and waist.

What are your goals for a better you?  Please feel free to share them here in the comments or on Instagram tag me in your pictures @FunnyAida/#FunnyAida. I look forward to reposting your inspirational journeys.

FOOD:  I will be doing a 21 day herbal detox that will consists of taking herbs and eating raw.

EXERCISE: Pilates, Yoga, Cardio and Zumba.

ALSO: 8 Hours of sleep, 64 ounces of water daily, reading and being creative and embracing all things positive.

Excited? When do we start?  For me, immediately, there is work to be done.  Feel free to join me at any time by tagging me in your pictures & sharing your goals. DAY 1, is always the toughest.  Let’s go!!!